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Mayim Bialik's Book, 'Beyond The Sling', On Attachment Parenting Is In Center Of Parenting Spotlight

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Mayim Bialik, most commonly known as "Blossom" from the hit 90s sitcom, or more recently for her role in "The Big Bang Theory", has been in the spotlight for another reason -- her new book, "Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way" is making waves. The actress, who also has a PhD in neuroscience, supports "attachment parenting" and chronicles what it's been like raising her two sons.

In the book, Bialik explains her idea of good parenting -- that mothers and fathers instinctively hold all of necessary tools to parent, and that following a child's natural rhythms is key. She told the LA times that essentially, the attachment method is:

"The notion that natural birth means something to the mother and the child. Breast-feeding is the natural, optimal way to feed a child. Sleeping with your child, wearing your child in a sling as opposed to pushing them around in expensive strollers, those are things that matter biologically and sociologically for the structure of a family."

Good Morning America deemed her method "the ultimate hug it out style of parenting" while highlighting some questionable tactics -- Bialik doesn't use diapers or formula and she won't hire a nanny or go on "date nights" with her husband.

Here on The Huffington Post's new debate platform, Change My Mind, Bialik defends the most controversial decision she's made: to co-sleep with her children.

DEBATE: IS IT OK TO CO-SLEEP WITH YOUR CHILDREN? YOU DECIDE.




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